TEKSide Presents Week In Review: 7/23-7/29

Apple sued by 20,000 employees

Over 20,000 current and former employees are named in a class action lawsuit against Apple for breaking labor laws dating back to 2011. Items in the case include inadequate break time, meal time and receiving paychecks on a timely basis. Apple has yet to issue a statement.


FX coming to Apple TV

TV writer Jason Lynch tweeted FX Networks will offer its digital offerings on the Apple TV later this year. Lynch also said Simpsons World will be part of FXNOW on Apple TV. The service will require users to enter cable provider credentials before activation.  


Apple releases new MacBook Air ad

Apple awarded iTime wristwatch patent

The patent details a band/housing that is loaded with sensors, GPS, accelerometers, and wireless communication radios that would house something akin to the iPod nano. The patent also mention how the device would interact with iPhones, laptop and can be controlled with gestures. Apple filed for this patent back in 2011 so that shows how long they have been working/interested in wearables.  


OS X Yosemite Public beta released

Apple has released a public beta build of OS X Yosemite. Apple is hoping to get feedback from everyday users, not just app developers.  

Are you going to install it?  If so don't do it on your everyday machine unless you have an external HD or a partitioned HD. Good luck to those that are installing it.


Apple's quarterly earnings call results

They sold a lot of devices and made a lot of money. Here is a brief rundown of the figures:

  • Quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion
  • Quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion
  • iPhone unit sales reached 35.2 million
  • 13.3 million iPad's sold
  • 4.4 million Macs sold


Future Apple plans revealed?

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac has pretty reliable sources and a great track record. He published two separate posts detailing Apple's plans for the upcoming months. Hit the sources for full details but in the meantime here is a summary:

  • Final Dev preview of OS X to be seeded on Sept 29th
  • Gold Master of OS X Yosemite to be released around October 10th
  • General release at the end of the month
  • Apple will reveal a 4K desktop, a retina 12in MacBook Air and the iWatch at a mid-end of October event
  • Mid September event to announce a 4.7in iPhone 6, still mulling 5.5 in.
  • The 5th & final (likely) beta of iOS 8 coming around August 4th
  • GM version coming late August/early September
  • Once iOS 8.0 is released, Apple will immediately begin working on 8.1 and 9.0

iOS Plans , Mac Plans

Apple acquires Booklamp to battle Amazon 

TechCrunch reports that Apple has made yet another acquisition, one that will battle Amazon to "beat them at their own game". 


It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.


Apple has confirmed our report of the acquisition. The company tells us "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than $10 million, and lower than $15 million.”

BookLamp’s most well-known product was the Book Genome Project, a platform that let users find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. BookLamp’s tech and talent could help Apple improve its iBooks service with better recommendations, search, and categorization.


Note from editor: I want to personally thank Danny for his dedication to this weekly write up. It's good to have people like him on our team. The TEKSide crew hopes he is having a wonderful vacation. - Clay Russell